The Top Foods That Cause Chronic Inflammation in the Body

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Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to fight disease and illness is by avoiding the very foods that cause chronic inflammation. While this isn’t a new concept for those with a more holistic view of the body, it is for the modern medical system, which focuses on treating symptoms instead of addressing the root cause of an issue.

Your immune system becomes activated whenever it recognizes a foreign substance – whether that be a chemical molecule, invading microbe or plant pollen. This triggers a process known as inflammation – a beneficial process when triggered for the right purposes.

However, when this inflammation stays triggered, day in, day out, it becomes not quite so beneficial. In fact, many major disease like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s have all been linked to chronic inflammation . Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. Heart disease is inflammation of the arteries. ALS is inflammation of the central nervous system. The list goes on.

The Inflammation Theory of Disease

Great, so inflammation causes disease. But how does it do that? What happens inside the body when inflammation becomes chronic and systemic? How is it implicated in different diseases?